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Travel: The Beautiful Colours of Bo-kaap, Cape Town

Hey guys,
I’m so excited to finally put this post up about my visit to this colourful little suburb/township called Bo-kaap in Cape Town, one of the tourists attractions in Cape Town. It is known for its pastel coloured building and cobble stoned streets, mostly inhabited by coloureds after the apartheid era. I am not too sure how they came to the agreement that every owner had to paint their building in such bright pastel colours. I totally respect and appreciate this amount of commitment and dedication. I have this theory that they chose the coloured buildings because they are identified as ‘coloureds‘, smart ey?bokaap tmid

When you walk into Bo-kaap, you get the feeling that the people who live there must be sort of like a family, a united community, like a village. I don’t believe random strangers would just agree to come together to achieve a common goal. You’d probably have one Sule who swears he hates colours and would rather paint his house black. Although, I found one black building and another cream coloured one, that black sheep that just won’t hear word *rolls eye*. Another thing about Bo-kaap that hit me was how they maintained the colours of the buildings, at whatever time you visit, the colours are always so rich and perfect. Blows my mind, I tell you!bokaap tmid bokaap tmid

I really don’t know why I didn’t go visit Bo-Kaap earlier seeing as it is a 5 minutes walk down my street and I have been living here for over a year. Anyhoo, better late than never. It was an amazing experience altogether, especially getting compliments about my dress from the tourists there who were also visiting the township. I wore a dress I made sometime last year, out of heavy chiffon. I totally love how comfortable it is and how it’s easy to wear, just throw it on and add some makeup and viola, you’re ready for the day.bokaap tmid

Oh, by the way, in case you didn’t notice, I did a blog revamp :D. Yes yes! It’s been almost two weeks of working on the blog, moving the entire blog from wordpress dot com to wordpress dot org, which is no ordinary feat and preparing this blog post. Trust me, the process has been one long, technical and exhausting task. I did not want to put out any post since the blog was under intense renovation, hence the long silence on here, please accept my apologies :D. I hope you like the new look, I think it’s beautiful! I apologise if there are still a few glitches, it’s still a work in progress. Huge thanks to Ufuoma for the plug. You should totally check out her beyond amazing and helpful travel blog here.bokaap tmid

If you’re ever visiting Cape Town, this has to be in one of the top ten things to do in Cape Town; you need at least one picture in front of the colourful buildings, else were you ever here? Got any questions for me? Feel free to ask me in the comment section below. Muah!

Outfit details:

Off Shoulder Dress: TMId



Joy Idahosa

A software developer with an intense love for travel and fashion. Sharing all my travel adventures and style ideas with you, one post at a time. Glad you're here. Enjoy!


  1. Joy Idahosa
    April 2, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    double whoop!

  2. Joy Idahosa
    April 3, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Such a colorful post! Was so happy reading it x

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    • Joy Idahosa
      April 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Glad you enjoyed reading it ❤️❤️

  3. Joy Idahosa
    April 3, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I love your dress! And you made it? Double love it! Also love that it goes with one of the buildings..

    Bo-kaap is beautiful, it’s a shame my sister and I missed it during our visit. Do you think the SA government or perhaps an association has put in some rules about living in the area? It would make sense considering its popularity…

    • Joy Idahosa
      April 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Hehe I’m glad you noticed it went with one of the buildings. I think there’s an association that manages building coloring haha. But I recently heard that a bunch of rich white people are moving into the area and defying the color rules, hence the black and cream buildings I saw. I hope they don’t ruin their color culture. It’s a beautiful thing

  4. Joy Idahosa
    April 3, 2017 at 5:06 am

    All those colours! Love, love, love. There’s so much beauty in Cape Town, I should totally visit. Your dress is beautiful too! And goes perfectly with the vibrant buildings.

    And, love the blog revamp and happy to have helped a bit. Thanks for the mention! <3

    • Joy Idahosa
      April 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      There isss. It’s so weird how you can find something new or different all over the city. Some times you even get bits of other countries here, there was a Moroccan looking hallway I saw. So beautiful. Thanks again hun ❤️❤️

  5. Joy Idahosa
    April 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Love the colours and that dress

    • Joy Idahosa
      April 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks hunnie ❤❤

  6. Joy Idahosa
    April 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    YES! to colored houses…. Gosh, Bo-Kaap is so beautiful. I love the colors. So I have 2 island in Italy on my bucket list because of their colored houses – Burano Island and Cinque Terre. You have to apply to government and are assigned a color before you can paint your house. Pictures of the place are so amazing…

    Excellent post! You look amazing as usual.

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    • Joy Idahosa
      April 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Oh wow. Just googled both of them and I loveee the idea of having to apply to the government, makes for a really great classical storybook/novel. Always wanted to visit Italy, hoping for an Euro trip next year, I’m adding those two places to my bucket list.
      And thank you for the compliment ?

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